Monday, April 26, 2004
XU golf team wins 3rd tourney, eyes NCAAs
The Enquirer and wire reports
The Xavier University men's golf team won the First Energy Collegiate at Firestone Country Club in Akron by two strokes after shooting a final round 1-under 287 Sunday.
The victory is the second straight for the Musketeers and the third of the season.
It comes one week after XU won Ohio State's Kepler Intercollegiate and one week before the Musketeers head to Rhode Island to defend their Atlantic 10 title.
Xavier's three-round total of 3-under 861 was two shots over second-place Toledo. The win over a 17-team field full of teams from Xavier's NCAA Midwest Region further solidifies XU's NCAA Tournament chances.
The team could earn its third NCAA berth with the A-10's automatic bid at next weekend's championship, but its district standing all but assures Xavier of a berth.
Freshman Jason Kokrak led Xavier's final round efforts with a 5-under 67. Classmate John Streibich fired a 3-under 69 to finish in a tie for third with a 54-hole total of 2-under 214. Senior Miles Maillet shot an even-par 72 Sunday to finish in a tie for 13th with a three-round total of 1-over 217.
CHAPPELL FINISHES 12TH: Moeller High junior Rob Chappell shot a second-round, 6-over-par 77 for a 149 total and finished tied for 12th, eight strokes behind winner Matthew Skidmore, at the Ashworth Junior at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Va.
The tournament was conducted by the American Junior Golf Association.
MONTE CARLO: With the French Open looming, Guillermo Coria whipped Rainer Schuettler 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 at the Masters Series event for his 26th straight win on clay and seventh career clay title.
FED CUP: The United States joined defending champion France and Belgium in the Fed Cup quarterfinals, while 2002 winner Slovakia was eliminated.
Venus Williams and Lisa Raymond won singles matches to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over host Slovenia.
After Williams beat Tina Pisnik 6-3, 6-1 to give the Americans a 2-1 edge, Raymond clinched the victory in the best-of-5 series by rallying to defeat Katarina Srebotnik 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Martina Navratilova and Raymond won doubles, beating Srebotnik and Tina Krizan 6-1, 1-6, 6-0.
MARADONA UPDATE: One of Diego Maradona's two teenage daughters said the former soccer star was doing "much better" as he fights serious heart and lung problems. Appearing on the America TV network late Sunday, Dalma Maradona, 17, said her father was still under sedation, his condition had improved and that family members took it as a good sign that a respirator had been removed for the second time.
HOCKEY: The 2006 Winter Games will be played without NHL players if the league is shut down by January because of a labor dispute. International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has told his group that if the league is not playing then its players will not be at the Turin Games.
The NHL's participation at the Olympics must be included in the next collective bargaining agreement. The deal expires Sept. 15.
EQUESTRIAN: Kim Severson was penalty free in the show jumping and won the Rolex Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for the second time in three years.
Severson, of Keene, Va., and thoroughbred gelding Winsome Adante turned in one of seven perfect performances in the four-star CCI (concours complet international) division. Severson should be named to the Olympic team in July.
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